The company has attributed local disputes between inhabitants about land ownership titles for the delays in completing these procedures.

Velcan Energy’s special purpose vehicles Heo Hydro Power and Pauk Hydro Power will execute 240MW Heo and 145MW projects, respectively.

Earlier, the company has submitted the environment impact assessment (EIA) and environment management plan (EMP) reports related to the projects to the Arunachal State Pollution Control Board as well as requested to organize the public consultation and the public hearing.

The EIA report studies the baseline environmental data such as fauna, flora, soil, air quality, socio-economic conditions, while the EMP report proposes measures to reduce the impact of the project.

The company, taking into account the views originated at the meeting, will now start preparing the final draft of the EIA and EMP reports, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests for final environmental clearance.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) of India has accepted Velcan Energy’s Heo hydroelectric project proposal for examination in September 2013.

The Heo project is expected to generate 1,078GWh of clean power per year, which is enough to power 1.75 million people in India.